7 Steps to Reaching Your Goals

  Achieving the goals you set can be hard. Put your failures behind you and set yourself on the path to success with these 7 steps for reaching your goals. 7 Steps to Reaching Your Goals ~ Tipsaholic.com #goals #resolutions #achievement

 

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Making goals is easy, but reaching them is tough, and all the planning in the world won’t make a difference until you take the first step. These seven steps are sure to put you on the path to success, even if you’ve had trouble reaching your goals in the past. Start today and these guidelines will help you keep your motivation up and your eyes on the prize.

 

Make goals you actually want to reach

You’ll be setting yourself up for failure if you aren’t excited about your goal. Make sure it’s something you really want and you’re really ready for, and that you know what you’re going to have to do to reach it. Make sure to not make so many goals that you can’t spare the time each goal requires.

 

Start small

Try not to put your focus on the “ultimate” version of your goal. If you want to start exercising, don’t try to go from no exercise to an hour of exercise each day, or you’ll quickly lose your motivation. Start so small that you can’t possibly find a reason to say “no.” Choose a simple exercise and plan to do it for just five minutes. You can start working up once it becomes a daily habit.

 

Take it one step at a time

Don’t try to tackle every aspect of your goal at once. If you make a goal to eat healthy, don’t immediately eliminate everything unhealthy – you’re sure to feel deprived, which is likely to lead to strong cravings, which are likely to lead to binges. Start by removing one type of food and then another in a month or so when you’ve had time to adjust.

 

Make a schedule

You’ll need to make a schedule if your goal requires time outside of your normal daily activities, or it just won’t happen. Sit down and figure out where in your day you can fit a few minutes to work on your goal. Before bed? After work? Could you get up a little earlier? Pencil it in and don’t let other things take priority over it.

 

Carry some kind of reminder

Sometimes you might just need a little reminder to keep you focused on your goal. Buy a special bracelet, leave a post it note on your mirror, add a sticker to the corner of your phone, or even just put a rubberband around your wrist – anything that you can use to represent your efforts and become a visual support whenever you find yourself slipping.

 

Make it fun

No matter the goal, you’re not likely to continue if you’re not having fun along the way. If your goal is to learn to cook, don’t just read books about it or watch cooking shows all day. Get up and try it. Make your own tutorial. Teach someone else the process. Take pictures of your progress. Celebrate your successes with little rewards. Whatever it takes to keep you interested!

 

Keep track of your progress and reward your wins

You won’t know how close you are to your goal unless you keep track of your progress. Use a journal, a chart on the wall, a document on your computer, or an app on your phone as visual reminders of your success. If you’ve broken your goal into smaller parts as suggested above, reward yourself when you reach each of them! Get that scarf you’ve been dying to buy when you lose five pounds or have a girls’ night out when you finish your first 10-mile bike ride. These things will keep you motivated and working towards your larger goals until, at long last, you reach them.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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How to Make an Exercise Schedule

Don't let your exercise resolutions fall by the wayside! Follow these steps to make an exercise schedule you can stick to! How to Make an Exercise Schedule ~ Tipsaholic.com #health #exercise #exerciseschedule

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You may have a goal to increase your physical fitness this year, but in the commotion of your daily life it can be difficult to get started. Setting a schedule for yourself is a critical step in finding your fitness groove. Follow these guidelines to making a personal exercise schedule to get yourself out the door and on the road to physical health.

 

Pick your calendar

Plan to write your exercise schedule down in a place where you will see it often and be able to refer to it when needed. If you have a big wall calendar or frequently use a planner, write it there. Other options may be to use an app or calendar on your phone or another electronic device.

 

Assess your time

Start by setting aside a few minutes at the start of the week. Add it to your schedule and reserve this time each week for planning your exercise. Then, begin answering the following questions: When is your energy high? What’s your work schedule? When does your spouse get home from work? When do the kids go to sleep? Find a time slot in your day, even if it’s just 20 minutes, in which you can make exercise a priority.

 

Vary your exercises

To optimize your health, a variety of exercises should be part of your schedule. Working with weights should be done 3-5 times per week for muscle building and bone strength. Cardiovascular activities should also be done 3-5 times per week for a healthy heart and lungs. Be sure to include warm up and cool down time in each of your workouts to avoid injury. Allow yourself a day of rest and recovery.

 

Gather ideas from outside sources

You may be wondering what types of exercise other active people are scheduling for themselves and when they work out. Go online or simply ask those you know what exercises they do and for how long. You can even try this “Fitness Plan Generator” over at SparkPeople.

 

Check your community

Most cities have community groups, classes, or activities you can join. Check with local gyms, friends, and dance studios. Yoga, Zumba, pilates, aerobics, dance… There are classes for everyone! Ask other people in your neighborhood if they’d like to start a walking or biking group. Find something that interests you, note the times it is available, and seriously consider making it a part of your schedule.

 

Make slow increases

Once your basic schedule is set you can add small changes each week during your planning session. Use your schedule from the week before as a reference and increase duration, weight, and reps to maximize your efforts and continue to improve your physical fitness.

 

Some other tips

  • Use an app – there are many apps you can use to schedule your workouts, along with learning proper form for different exercises and tracking your food intake! Start with this list of five favorite fitness apps from HuffPost.
  • Try short rounds of exercise – if you really can’t find a spare 30 minutes in your day, you can try doing multiple smaller workouts spaced throughout the day to add up to a full session.
  • Be flexible – don’t get discouraged if your schedule doesn’t work out on occasion. Inevitably, things will come up and your exercise will get sidelined. Try to squeeze a little in at another time or plan to exercise a little longer the next day.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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6 Breakfast Power Foods

 Amp up your energy and keep hunger at bay by starting your day with one (or more!) of these 6 breakfast power foods. 6 Breakfast Power Foods ~ Tispaholic.com #health #breakfast #powerfoods

 

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One of the best ways to wake yourself up and build your energy for the day is by eating breakfast. But don’t run out the door with a pastry or just a cup of coffee – the energy you get from simple carbs and caffeine is only momentary. Start your day off right by choosing one or two of these breakfast power foods that will get you through to lunch and give your health a boost along the way.

 

1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is packed with Omega 3s and fiber and is a filling, gluten-free breakfast. If you’ve avoided it in the past because you’ve had one too many bowls of clumpy mush, try learning the best way to prepare it. Better Homes and Gardens has some great tips. And if you’re not a fan of plain old oatmeal with sugar, try one of these tasty oatmeal recipes!

 

2. Bananas

A banana is the perfect on-the-go breakfast if you’re running late in the morning. Packed with potassium that helps keep blood pressure in check and fiber for your digestive tract, it can be carried out (in its own “to-go wrapper!”) or added to a smoothie.

 

3. Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt has gained popularity over the last few years for good reason. Protein and calcium make it a breakfast power food and its versatility doesn’t hurt either. Use it as a dip for fruit, add it to a smoothie, top off a breakfast casserole, or eat it on its own. While plain is best due to its low sugar content, stirring in fruit or a teaspoon or two of honey can add the flavor you crave.

 

4. Eggs

We all know eggs are a good source of protein, but did you know they also contain vitamin D? And don’t let rumors of cholesterol scare you away from eating the yolks. Studies have shown that consuming yolks in normal amounts, despite their cholesterol content, does not have a negative affect on your cholesterol. Try these tips for cooking great eggs if you need a little help!

 

5. Berries

Antioxidants galore! Any berry is sure to be a breakfast power food, but among the best and most readily-available are blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Eat them with Greek yogurt, throw them in a smoothie, or stir them into a bowl of oatmeal for a real super-breakfast.

 

6. Nut butters

Peanut and almond butters are full of protein and healthy fats that will help keep you satisfied and your energy up until lunch time. Spread them on toast or bagels or use them as a dip for apples or bananas. And if you’re in a hurry, a handful of almonds is a great alternative. You can find nut butters in your local grocery store or get them online.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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6 Tips to Keep BBQ Fare from becoming a Dieter’s Nightmare

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This summer, don’t let the BBQ become your diet downfall. Even the healthiest of eaters can be overwhelmed by the array of dips and fixings at a typical summer bash. Here are six simple ways to combat the BBQ bulge!

1. Skip the chips

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Salty, crispy, grab-able snacks such as chips, pretzels and snack mixes are everywhere at summer social gatherings. To counter the temptations, fill up the buffet tables with healthier foods with a crunch like salty kale chips or strips of bell peppers to dip in spicy hummus, guacamole, or sour cream. Produce such as broccoli florets, carrots, jicama, cherry tomatoes and baby cucumbers also make great snacks.

2. H2O isn’t just for the pool

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Juice, sodas and sweetened teas are often made with high-fructose corn syrup and may contain brominated vegetable oil, which can wreak havoc on our bodies. Instead, pack coolers with sparkling mineral water, unsweetened tea, or offer a water cooler filled with chilled cucumber – mint or berry/citrus-infused water.

3. Banish the bun

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Despite the fact that bread products raise blood sugar as quickly and as much as eating two tablespoons of pure sugar, we still seem to fill these picnic staples with anything we can throw on the grill. Try going bun-less by eating with a fork and knife to slow down your eating. Use a lettuce-wrap approach to put some color into your meal or toss your grilled goods on top of a plate of hearty salad greens.

4. Eat your hot dog naked

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Most condiments are packed with unsavory additives to enhance flavor, shelf life, texture, or appearance. Season with fresh or dried herbs and seasonings and try dry rubs for chicken and ribs, pack some fresh herbs and spices into your grass-fed burger patties, or marinate your poultry or seafood with olive oil, citrus, and herbs before searing them on the grill. Fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or hearty mustard are great toppings for your bun-less burger, chicken, or brats.

5. Make faux salads a faux pas

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Potato salads, macaroni salad and pasta salad do not offer our bodies any true nourishment. Replacing these sides with some roasted vegetable salads or crisp, lightly-dressed coleslaw or use Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise or sour cream when making your own side dishes.

6. Don’t chase the ice cream man

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Popular summer desserts such as gelatin and colorful ice pops include artificial coloring agents that could just as easily dye our hair, clothing, or crafts. Instead, choose to naturally sweeten up your party with fruit kabobs, frozen berries with heavy cream, or homemade real-fruit popsicles.

 

Special thanks to Life Time Fitness and registered dietician Laura Burbank for submitting these helpful tips.

Featured image courtesy of She Knows.

 

10 Tempting Vegan Desserts

10 Tempting Vegan Desserts

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I’m going to be honest. I am anything but vegan. I am a heartless consumer of meat, dairy, and eggs, and I find it hard to imagine living otherwise. But the world these days is riddled with vegan this and vegan that, and it makes a gal wonder – what if? What if it were easy, tasted fabulous, and could be smoothly incorporated into a non-vegan kitchen? What if you could still have all of your favorite goodies and desserts without sacrificing the flavors you love?

You can.

These 10 spectacular vegan desserts will cover your cravings from A-Z: chocolate, cookies, ice cream… And there’s plenty more where that came from.

1. Chocolate Glazed Vegan Doughnut (picture: slide 1)

2. Raw Vegan Fudge (picture: slide 2)

3. Vegan Chocolate chip cookies (picture: slide 3)

4. Vegan Strawberry Shortcake (picture: slide 4)

5. Vegan Sugar Cookies (picture: slide 5)

6. Simple Vegan Chocolate Cake (picture: slide 6)

7. Malted Vegan Ice Cream with Soy Caramel Ripple (picture: slide 7)

8. No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake (picture: slide 8)

9. Ultimate Vegan Brownies (picture: slide 9)

10. Perfect Vegan Cinnamon Buns (picture: slide 10)

Giving up dairy and eggs just got easier. Test a recipe or two this weekend and impress family and friends with your new vegan-savvy delights!

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Featured image courtesy of Joy the Baker.